Apparently ESPN's Bob Griese forgot that during today's Ohio State and Minnesota broadcast there was a nationally televised audience actually listening to what he was saying.
After an advertising spot for NASCARS race this Sunday, the top five drivers in the Sprint Cup Standing were displayed on the screen.
Griese's partner, Chris Speilman, jokingly asked where Juan Pablo Montoya was on the list.
Without skipping a beat, and laughing, Griese replied "He's out having a taco."
Wow... I was shocked. Did he really just say that on national television?
There seems to be an ever growing problem with broadcaster's and analysts spouting off either racially offensive, or just plain ignorant comments.
Do they not know what they are saying is and will offend someone? It makes you question whether or not they are taught about ethics and professionalism in school.
Not that you need to be a college educated individual to know the difference between offensive and acceptable, but they need to be held to a higher standard.
ESPN's Tony Kornheiser, during a Monday Night Football game last season, seemed to have the same problem as Griese. In usual Kornheiser fashion, trying to be funny, which unfortunately doesn't come natural, made an ill-advised comment after ESPN showed a reply of a Felix Jones kickoff return from the Spanish feed.
Here is what Kornheiser said:
"I took high school Spanish and that either means, nobody is going to touch him, or could you pick up my dry cleaning in the morning."
Once again... HELLO!!!
Do you not think before you speak? Isn't that one of the lessons you are taught growing up. I hope we don't have to revert to re-explaining the "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all" line.
As the telecast was winding down, Griese did offer an apology for his remarks.
"Juan Pablo Montoya, he's one of the best drivers in NASCAR. Just want to apologize for the comment I made earlier in the ballgame," Griese said.
ESPN did release a statement saying that Griese had been talked to and was aware that his comments were "uncalled for."
Great way to put it ESPN.
Just in case we were not aware, thank you ESPN, for letting us know that we should not make comments that are offensive and stereotypical.
I hope that ESPN takes appropriate measures, and Griese is at least suspended. They need to make sure that all of their staff, and anyone who is associated with their telecast's understands this sort of nonsense will not be tolerated.